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Art Foundations Masks Lesson

Art Education Curriculum on mask making by Jessica Coulson, Strand 2, Unit 1, Grades 6-12
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Melanie Burnell Rapp

on 12 October 2018

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Transcript of Art Foundations Masks Lesson

The Magic and Mystery
of Masks

The Art of Conceal and Reveal
What is a mask for anyway?
Are they designed to:
Show
or
Hide?
...maybe masks manage
to do a little bit of both...
Today I want to show you some art and artists that use masks to conceal or reveal ones identity...
what can it show ?
what can it hide ?
Are you ready to make your own?
all three of these mask are made to
blend into the colonial style wallpaper.
Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnevale (Carnival of Venice), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status.

The mask would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention.
...sometimes traditions change over the years...
It's a chance to show a
different face to the world...
Do you recognize this kind of Mask?
How will YOU conceal or reveal?
Greek Theatre Masks
Actors in Greek theatre wore masks to reveal the characters they played. this is where the tragedy/comedy masks on the Cottesloe School logo come from.
Modern Theatre - Sci-Fi Movies
Masks are worn during the Venetian Carnival. They are worn for celebration but some Venetians used them both to hide and reveal their identity. A nobleman might wear a mask so he could go about the crowd and mingle with the lower classes unknown, but he might also use the mask to display and reveal his wealth. There were different masks for different occasions.
but that doesn't mean people can't have a little fun with their traditions..
.
Roman theatre mask
Superhero Masks
- what do they conceal or reveal?

Or is Spider-man really Peter Parker?
Is Peter Parker really Spider-man?
But what about other masks - what do they reveal?
Death mask of Tutankhamun
What does it hide?
What does it reveal? What do we know about him from looking at the mask we wouldn't know from looking at mummified head or skull.
This is a Japanese theatre mask
Whose identity does it hide?
Whose identity does it reveal?
The main point: Masks are a timeless expression of individuality, spirituality and cultural heritage.
You can wear a mask to reveal something about your cultural heritage
Actors wear masks to reveal the character they are playing
You may wear a mask to show people who you really are
or how you want them to see you
African Masks:
Art pieces often used in rituals and ceremonies
CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE
REQUIREMENTS
* Research (at least 2 from 5 continents = 10) #INQUIRE
* Sketch #DESIGN
* 3 characteristics influenced by 3 different cultures.
Facial features, textures, symbols, shapes, etc.
* 1" or less thickness #CREATE
* Paint after firing #CREATE
* Craftsmanship:
Best Work & Use of Time! Put effort into creating form and texture.
* Participation in
Critique #REFLECT
* Completed
Rubric #REFLECT
RIGHT NOW: RESEARCH #INQUIRE
WRITE ABOUT (50 points - research/sketches):
2 artists or artworks from 5 continentS
(Africa, South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Australia)

WHAT are the masks made of
(materials)
?
WHAT do the masks mean
(culturally or symbolically)?
WHAT are the main characteristiscs
(what do they look like)?

SKETCH
for each one.

Total:
10 sketches and research.
What is the symbolism?
Are the masks used in a ritual or ceremony?
Who wears the mask? Why?
Are they worn or displayed?
How long have they been used/made?
Is it religious?
PLAN #DESIGN
What
three cultures
are you going to be influenced by?

What shapes, symbols, designs, will you
incorporate
, and how?

Sketch
at least three mask ideas.
Get
feedback
from a peer.
Choose a mask design and create a
final design/plan
in your sketchbook. #DESIGN
Student Examples
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